Passetti honored for making all the right calls

Chuck Glidden, Pete Niven and David Passetti as David received his Lions Club award

BY HELEN B. FOSTER

Correspondent

The June 4th meeting of the Stonebridge Lions Club, Susquehanna, was a night to remember for David Passetti and those who planned the surprise recognition for a community resident who has been at the right place at the right time making the right decisions over and over again.

Besides Lions Club members, firemen, co-workers, and friends, there were four generations of the honoree’s family in attendance, including Passetti’s wife, Lori, and son, Trevor.

According to Chuck Glidden, who was the presenter for the program this is the second time in 64 years the club has honored someone other than a Lions Club member.

There have also been two times Passetti has been available to make the right call for the Glidden family. The first was in 2009 when Chuck suffered a stroke and one phone call by Passetti toWilsonHospitalreduced its effects.

The other incident involved Cori Glidden who went into cardiac arrest and Passetti was first on the scene to make all the right calls, while he and others saved the young girl.

Others attending the special night also told of the numerous times Passetti has been at the scene to bring a successful outcome to an emergency call.

The “This is Your Life” by Glidden tracked Passetti’s life from high school to college and to his returning to Susquehanna to work at Barnes Kasson Hospital, where he was  employed while  continuing  his education to become a registered nurse.

According to Glidden, the honoree’s busy high school career has led to a busy and successful adult career.

An active fireman with the Susquehanna Volunteer Fire Department, Passetti also serves as anEMTwith the ambulance service and as treasurer of the department has been able to keep the fire company on budget. “This is a very important factor to keep a volunteer fire company afloat,” Glidden said.

While Dave has been busy working at Barnes, taking on new responsibilities – the latest being B-K Hospital Health Center administrator – he has also over the years owned and operated three businesses: Passetti Racing; a monument business and now he and his family own and operate the local bowling alley, Riverside Lanes.

The local Lions Club recognized the need for a strategic placement of anAEDunit in theShopsPlazawhich has showed a history of heart attacks in that location. Club president, Peter Niven enlisted Passetti’s help in not only purchasing a proper unit but more important to have the employees in the stores and nearby businesses trained in the proper use of the unit.

According to Glidden, this project is nearing fruition waiting for the training to begin.

As Glidden recanted Passetti’s career and his local involvement, he questioned what would have happened if Dave had gone in a different direction. With his education he could have found a much more lucrative career in a big city hospital, Glidden said.

“Apparently the lifestyle provided by his old hometown was more important and we are glad this is the path he chose,” Glidden stated.

Lions Club President Niven presented Passetti with a plaque that read: “In appreciation for your commitment to your community.”

“I came back to Susquehanna andBarnes-KassonHospitaland haven’t regretted any of it,” Passetti said. “Saving Cori was a team effort as everyone happened to be in the right place at the right time,” he added. He continued by mentioning all those who were on the scene that morning and concluded by saying, “it worked out the way it should have.”